12. november 2020 - 9:30 tot 18:00
Saxons Training Facilities, Brisbane
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SIDRA MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop // Brisbane [TE061] | donderdag, 12. november 2020

This workshop is for users with all levels of experience and those who want to learn how to use SIDRA INTERSECTION for the first time. It will be presented by Mark Besley and Dr Ian Espada.

Workshop Information

The SIDRA MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop is offered for SIDRA INTERSECTION users with all levels of experience and those who want to learn how to use SIDRA INTERSECTION for the first time. It will be of benefit to traffic and transport professionals and students interested in the essential concepts of traffic modelling and principles of traffic analysis.

This one-day workshop will focus on traffic variables, concepts and principles that need to be understood for effective intersection and network modelling from a practical perspective using an analytical software tool such as SIDRA INTERSECTION. These traffic variables are of importance in preparing input, interpreting output, and calibrating the model for best representation of real-life traffic conditions.

The knowledge gained at this workshop will be useful generally in the use of all traffic and transport modelling software tools.


Other Details

Class size varies approximately between 12 and 30 delegates.Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.Dress code is casual.

Please Bring With You

Please bring a basic calculator with you. This is needed for exercises. This workshop does not involve the use of computers. 

Ticket Fee

The ticket fee displayed on Eventbrite is per person. A discounted fee applies to Early Bird tickets. These are available only for a limited time and limited allocation. All prices are in Australian Dollars and inclusive of GST.The ticket fee covers costs of workshop notes, morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch.


Information about the registration process and ticket purchase:

The quickest way to secure your seat is to register and pay online via the Eventbrite website.

You can also pay for and register other delegates during the shopping cart process.

Tickets are available right up until the date listed on Eventbrite or until they run out.

Upon completion of the process, the registration details will be sent to the email address you provided.

If you register other delegates, they will be emailed with their ticket and event details.

Registration required for each workshop

Separate registration is required for different SIDRA workshops. For instance, if you would like to attend both the MODEL FUNDAMENTALS and BEGINNER workshops, you are required to register for these two workshops separately via Eventbrite.

A full listing of all available workshops is available on our website: sidrasolutions.com/training

Cancellation Policy

Tickets fees are non-refundable. Another delegate may be substituted for the same workshop free of charge. Transfer between workshops is not allowed unless another delegate is substituted and there is a position available in the required workshop.

Please contact us about delegate substitution in advance using the details given below for Enquiries.


Keen interest to learn intersection and network modelling fundamentals.

Workshop Objectives

Upon completion of the MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop, participants will gain a knowledge of fundamental traffic variables, concepts and principles used in the SIDRA INTERSECTION software for intersection and network analysis.


This one-day MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop provides a classroom-style learning opportunity accompanied by exercises.

A good understanding of traffic operations at intersections is essential for the effective use of traffic models for intersection and network design and evaluation purposes. Model calibration is an important element of this process. SIDRA INTERSECTION workshops are not just about intersection and network analysis but aim to improve general understanding of operational analysis of all traffic facilities.

The purpose of this workshop is to teach basic elements of the SIDRA INTERSECTION traffic model as a preliminary workshop to attend before participating in SIDRA SOLUTIONS training workshops. The workshop is also useful for those who want to learn about fundamental traffic variables, concepts and principles involved in intersection and network analysis.

The MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop is also recommended for experienced SIDRA INTERSECTION users who want to review and refresh their knowledge of fundamental traffic variables, concepts and principles used in traffic modelling.

The following is a general summary of the content taught during the MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop:

Traffic Models - An Introduction

Fundamentals of Traffic Flow

Uninterrupted Flows

Traffic Signals - Saturation Flow

Capacity, Degree of Saturation, Lane Flows

Traffic Signals - Timing and Coordination


Sign Control


Intersection Performance

Model Calibration

Network Modelling

Target Audience

The target audience for the MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop includes:

Traffic and transport professionals who are involved in day-to-day intersection and network modelling work.

Managers who assess traffic modelling reports towards making important investment decisions.

Students of traffic and transport engineering and planning.

SIDRA INTERSECTION users with all levels of experience.

SIDRA INTERSECTION training workshops provide an excellent opportunity for networking by meeting your colleagues who are working in areas related to your work.



Mark Besley is a scientist and software specialist who has worked in the traffic management area since 1980s. He has been making a significant contribution to the development of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software in collaboration with Dr Rahmi Akçelik during the last 30+ years. He has trained several thousand professionals in over 300 workshops, courses and seminars.

Mark has been involved in many aspects of research on traffic operations including traffic network models, incident detection, fuel consumption estimation, traffic data collection and analysis.


Dr Ian Espada joined Akcelik and Associates in November 2019 as a Senior Traffic Modeller / Analyst. Ian has more than 18 years of work experience in the role of researcher, transport/traffic planner, transport survey specialist, transport demand modeler, and transport economist. He had an 11-year career at the Australian Road Research Board where he was the team leader of the Network Operations Team under the Future Transport Systems Working Group. Ian worked for 7 years as a transport planner / modeller for ALMEC Corporation, Japan. He was also a sessional lecturer on transport demand modelling at Swinburne University for 10 years.

Ian has a Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering and planning from the University of Tokyo and an M.Eng. degree in transportation planning and traffic engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Ian was the Australian representative to the World Road Association technical committee on road network operations from 2016 to 2019.


For all enquiries: Email UsOr call our office during working hours Monday to Friday9.00 am to 5.00 pmAustralian Eastern Time (AET)+61 3 9830 7123

General Information about SIDRA Training Workshops

The SIDRA INTERSECTION software is an advanced micro-analytical traffic evaluation tool that employs lane-by-lane and vehicle path models. It is for use as an aid for design and evaluation of individual intersections and networks of intersections. It can be used to analyse signalised intersections, roundabouts (unsignalised, with metering signals, and fully-signalised), two-way stop sign and give-way / yield sign control, all-way stop sign control, signalised and unsignalised pedestrian crossings, single point interchanges (signalised), freeway diamond interchanges (signalised, roundabout, sign control), diverging diamond interchanges and other alternative intersections and interchanges.

SIDRA INTERSECTION training workshops will help you enjoy the power of analysis to find solutions to intersection and network problems.

During 2000-2019, Akcelik and Associates and its accredited representatives ran 370 training workshops across Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Brazil and many countries in Europe and Middle East with about 7,000 delegates attending. In evaluation of these training workshops, the trainees rated various aspects of the workshops and the SIDRA INTERSECTION software very highly.

A full listing of all available workshops is available on our website: sidrasolutions.com/training

Read the About Workshops page for more general information. 

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